NachlamSie (2903) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle of the Monkey Wrench Dark Ale. Pours solid red with a nice little tan head. Aroma is pretty mild with sweet malty notes that suggest toast, raisins. Flavor is slightly musty and dank with hints of caramel, raisins, rum, and biscuits. I canít pick up hop activity here, maybe some far away papery notes. This is pretty light and mild like many U.K. offerings Iíve had. This doesnít make much of a "strong ale". Itís okay, pretty standard British brew.
nick76 (4300) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle labeled Monkey Wrench Dark Ale. The aroma has raisins, caramel, toasted malt, and hops. The appearance is clear, medium brown with a two finger head. The flavor is sweet and toasty with raisins and a light bitterness. The palate is smooth. A real winner.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, strong ale, eh? Not really sure it fits into this style. 16.9 oz bottle that pours out mostly clear brown with slight red hue that gets the color close to amber. It has a thin tan colored head too. The aroma has a couple of malt notes such as sweet malts with a hint of roastiness, biscuit malts and vague dark fruitiness as well. Nice malty flavor that yields snippets of roasted malts, biscuit malts and a hint of caramel malts. About midway a more roasted malt surfaces along with the vague dark fruitiness picked up in the nose. Very tasty brew.
JorisPPattyn (8228) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
For the record: my bottle carries the name of Monkey Wrench Dark Ale
Dark red-foxy beer with medium yellow-beige head. Lots of caramel, treacle even, tinge of moccha, and as the Bitter just tasted, green leaves. Sure itís one of the typical UK hops. Sweet, portwine with definitely oxydized (malt) notes (strange, as the beer is given good for another 6 months). A bit of treacle, watered down to the limit, molasses. Roasted, certainly, but Iím still looking for the fruit. Unless they mean fruit as they mean "Cadburyís", when they say "chocolate". Watery syrup. Slight burning in the end. Rather poor, compared to a good German Dunkles. As to "Strong"... All the same, thanks DanP. You sure warned me.
There must be something wrong in the UK. If a Yorkshire brewery calls its beer Leann these days,... Poor Paisley, Iíd start having pity...
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown Color with Off White Head. Drying Mouthfeel from Heavy Furry Malt...Some Dark Fruit and Almond..
cgarvieuk (16258) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A deep brown, Quite hoppy witha hint of chocolatew, sweet with tones of treacle
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from State Line. Ruby coppery pour with 1-finger tannish head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malty (slightly charred), red wine, British hops, some tannins, and peat mossy hints. Caramel malt and tart tannins dominate the taste, with some mild dark chocolate, earthy malty, and finishing hop notes, plus tinges of spirits.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5215) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this beer poured a brown color with ruby highlights and a small khaki head that faded quickly. The aroma was light sour malts and fruity hops. The flavor was malty, vaguely sour and tangy with a light caramel element. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL, no date. Pours a clear ruby brown with a minimal beige head. Aroma is nuts--hazelnuts and something else to be (somewhat) exact--, sweet toffee and molasses, and a bit of toasted malts. Flavor has a bit of anise, cherries, and paper oxidation in addition to the same aromas, though the hazelnuts fade to generic nuts. There is a (woody?) tang of some sort towards the semi dry finish. Bitterness never gets above mild. Light-medium body with low carbonation. For some reason it seems Iíve strayed from the English styles (maybe because theyíre all $5 a bottle), but this wasnít too bad of one to come back to.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copperish brown with a tan head. The aroma has notes of toffee and roasted malts plus some fruit. The flavor is light with a slight sweetness and a finishes with a touch of roastedness.